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Back to school
Work hard at school, get a good education and you can get a good job– the familiar mantra of parents the world over. But is it still true at atime of shrinking government budgets and ballooning unemploymentfigures? And if so, what kind of education is best?
Education is a cornerstone in building better lives. “The first progress that weneed is that all children have the education they deserve so we can build aworld with a chance to dream” – so says Javier Elias (24) of Peru in “Progressis: Education for All”, the winning entry in the OECD 50th anniversary videocompetition.But how to pay for education at a time of shrinking government budgets andtight family finances? Is it really worthwhile investing in a universityeducation, or can you still have a good life if you stop after graduating fromhigh school? And what if you do not even get that far? How to ensure that yourhome-grown students have what it takes to face up to global competition foruniversity places and jobs?These questions are uppermost in many minds as much of the world preparesto start a new academic year, from families with children entering their firstkindergarten class to students leaving home for university.We do have answers to some of these questions – the OECD’sProgramme for InternationalStudent Assessment tells us whichcountries, whether developed,developing, or emergingeconomies, provide the bestpreparation for adult life and work,and it is not always the wealthiestcountries that do best.We also know how many peoplecomplete secondary education, andhow many go on to university – andthat crisis or no crisis, the higheryour education level, the betteryour chances of getting andkeeping a job, not to mentionhigher earnings.